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Apple’s next iPad will likely resemble the iPad mini, and lose some weight and possible some girth thanks to the same touch-panel tech that made the mini so … well, so mini. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s next iPad, which is presently in manufacturing with Apple’s supply partners, will utilize a film-based (vs. a glass-based) touch panel to save on thickness and weight.
It’s not something that ought to come as much of a shock: very early case design leaks (envisioned above) recommended that the next 9.7-inch iPad would acquire the outside styling of the iPad mini, and potentially go in for not only a thinner case however a thinner bezel and smaller sized physical footprint too.
The fourth-generation iPad, and the third-generation gadget prior to it, are in fact heavier and thicker than the iPad 2, something made needed by the introduction of the Retina screen in those later gadgets. Shaving weight and size is not really just sensible because of the iPad mini’s example, it’s likewise something that could help Apple substantially in terms of offering an upgrade reward to existing iPad owners.
In all possibility, a brand-new iPad would occupy the same cost point as the fourth generation gadget, which was presented in October in 2012 with a shock refresh that improved the processor and included a lightning port. Judging by current reports, we might see the next iPad as very early as September, and it might’ve a longer-lasting battery to choose its brand-new design.